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Old 11-29-2018, 10:22 PM   #1
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Is this normal for a year old?

Only been on the road 5 times since May 2018. Both sides are cracked.



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Old 11-29-2018, 11:28 PM   #2
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Only been on the road 5 times since May 2018. Both sides are cracked.



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Given the blind installers don't know how or when to use their impacts tools it could be expected.
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:37 PM   #3
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what is that?
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:43 PM   #4
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what is that?
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It appears the fender itself is now dropping down, the sealant is no longer sealing the seam.
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:29 AM   #6
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I hate to say it, but that is probably about average for the RV industry, if you are still under warranty you could try to get the part replaced, but I wouldn't bet on it. Best bet is to just go ahead and fix it. Move the screw over a bit and fill the old hole with sealant.

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Old 11-30-2018, 12:16 PM   #7
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I agree with Jimmy, it looks like the entire fender has dropped down. I think I would try to find out what is going on with that issue. That screw probably gave way because of the pressure of dropping and pulling away. If it's not under warranty, I would take the rest of the screws out to see what that piece has been holding up.
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Its new, May 2018. I'll see what the dealer has to say. Its just a pain getting there. 70 miles one way.
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not a design engineer but that sure could have used two more screws,, I am sure the 5 cent savings went into someone else's pocket,,, alot of stress on that on the road.. I always find thing moved around inside,, but I am sure the outside parts do the road dance..
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Only been on the road 5 times since May 2018. Both sides are cracked.



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More torque is better..............NOT!



And both sides, that is amazing!



I would try under warranty for sure. Get it approved now and wait until you have more "work" to be done and consolidate.


Do like we did, if possible. Find a repair shop that does not sell RVs. We get much better customer service that way.


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Old 12-01-2018, 09:24 PM   #11
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not a design engineer but that sure could have used two more screws,, I am sure the 5 cent savings went into someone else's pocket,,, alot of stress on that on the road.. I always find thing moved around inside,, but I am sure the outside parts do the road dance..
Yeah, it could use more screws. As mentioned both wheel wells are having the same problem so it is a design issue.
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No, not normal; however, not worth 140 mile drive.
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Saw a brand new trailer with transport tags on it today coming down I-81 with the fender skirt already waving in the wind.

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Old 12-06-2018, 03:02 PM   #14
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I had the same problem with my 2018 Kodiak Ultralite. Some were cracked the day I picked up the trailer. Cracks got worse after snagging the plastic covers while removing the tire covers. Poor design and the material is to brittle. I removed all the screws and put small washers under the screw heads to allow for more support. I also reinforced the bottom of the skirts by putting a small black sheet metal screw through the shirt and the sheet metal behind it. The silicone seal along the top ridge of the skirt was worthless because the skirt dropped below the seal so I removed it. I could put some silicone caulking under the skirt to strengthen the seal. After a year of using the camper there have not been any more problems.
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They probably got the screws to tight ,that’s what happened to mine and warranty replaced it
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I had the same problem with my 2018 Kodiak Ultralite. Some were cracked the day I picked up the trailer. Cracks got worse after snagging the plastic covers while removing the tire covers. Poor design and the material is to brittle. I removed all the screws and put small washers under the screw heads to allow for more support. I also reinforced the bottom of the skirts by putting a small black sheet metal screw through the shirt and the sheet metal behind it. The silicone seal along the top ridge of the skirt was worthless because the skirt dropped below the seal so I removed it. I could put some silicone caulking under the skirt to strengthen the seal. After a year of using the camper there have not been any more problems.
I'm wondering if the screws are simply catching the fiberglass material and not some interior structure like a frame. I could add additional screws to provide additional security of the fender, reseal the area around the fender and call it a day if there is no need to screw into something more substantial behind the fiberglass.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:11 PM   #17
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No, not normal; however, not worth 140 mile drive.
Agreed. And the time to either wait there for it to be fixed or the double trips to take it, leave it and return to bring it back.
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So had a few other minor issues we wanted to get taken care of so took it in. They covered all of the issues including the fender moldings.
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